Navy sailor reported overboard found alive on ship

For 50 hours, the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet and Japanese Coast Guard and naval forces frantically searched for Gas Turbine Systems Technician 3rd Class Peter Mims - a sailor who went missing from the USS Shiloh.

Mims was frocked to petty officer third class in May, according to a Navy spokesman.

The mechanic will be transferred to the "USS Ronald Reagan" for medical evaluation, and following that a recommendation will be made for follow-on care, according to the US Navy.

"I am relieved that this sailor's family will not be joining the ranks of Gold Star Families that have sacrificed so much for our country", he added.

It's unclear why Mims was hiding in the ship's engine room and how he survived a week there. "Our thoughts are with our lost shipmate, his family, and the officers and crew of USS Shiloh".

Peter Mims, of Interlachen, was believed to have fallen into the sea from the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh during routine operations about 180 miles east of Okinawa, and a massive search-and-rescue effort was suspended Sunday.

One week after he was declared missing, the sailor, 3rd Class Peter Mims, was found in the ship's engineering spaces, according to a US official.

Mims was reported missing June 8, sparking a wide ocean search.

American and Japanese forces combed 5,500-square miles of the Philippine Sea for the young man, but gave up on June 11 after finding no clues as to his whereabouts.

Mims, who has ties to Putnam County, Florida, according to WOKV, enlisted in the Navy in February 2014. His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon and Sea Service Ribbon, the statement said.

It was assumed that Sims fell from the ship, which was in waters off the coast of Japan this week.

  • Larry Hoffman